2010 Hyundai Azera Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2010 Hyundai Azera was new.


Performance: 7.7

The 2010 Hyundai Azera is a comfortable commuter, but not an athletic sport sedan. Reviewers say it compares well with more sedate large cars like the Toyota Avalon, offering a similar cushioned ride. It won’t match the sportier handling of the Ford Taurus, or the V8 power available in the Chrysler 300.

  • "For the money, the 2009 Hyundai Azera offers impressive levels of refinement and composure." -- Edmunds
  • "The ride attempts to mimic the plush feel of Toyota's Avalon, but Azera is harsher over small bumps." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Driving the Hyundai Azera is more fun and rewarding than driving most of the competition." -- New Car Test Drive

Acceleration and Power

Hyundai offers two V6 engines in the Azera. The cheaper of the two, a 3.3-liter V6, is rated for 234 horsepower. It will easily meet the needs of most drivers. The Azera Limited's larger 3.8-liter V6 offers a more impressive 268 horsepower. Reviewers say it is a better fit for the car’s weight, and may be worth the added price for many shoppers. The only transmission offered is a five-speed automatic transmission, which can be shifted manually with a tap of the stick. EPA mileage estimates for the five-speed automatic base Azera are 18 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The Limited is rated at 17 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway.

  • “Reasonably punchy in a straight line." -- Car and Driver
  • “V6 furnishes snappy takeoffs and is aided by a responsive automatic transmission.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Although it never feels as athletic as rear-drive cars like the Pontiac G8 and Chrysler 300, the Azera Limited's acceleration is strong, and there's always ample power on tap from the 3.8-liter V6." -- Edmunds
  • "Quite quick, able to spin its front wheels on take-off and propel the car to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds." -- Road and Track
  • The larger "engine is an excellent size for the car, producing solid power without sucking down gas." -- CNET

Handling and Braking

The 2010 Azera isn’t built for driving enthusiasts. Instead, it’s a comfortable commuter. A few reviewers praise the handling, but most say it is soft, with a floaty ride. There are no sharp handlers among the large luxury cars, but auto writers tend to call the Azera one of the more softly-tuned cars in its class. Its brakes are strong – so strong that some test drivers have called them grabby.

  • "The Azera's handling is on the soft side, but the car feels predictable and secure around turns and the steering has a slick, accurate feel." -- Edmunds
  • "Corners with decent grip, modest body lean, and positive, but light, steering feel. The strong brakes are easily modulated." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Rolls and gets confused in corners." -- Car and Driver
  • "Nicely balanced handling." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Clearly tuned with comfort in mind but nary a hint of float." -- Road and Track
  • "Brakes are rather touchy and could use a more linear action." -- MSN

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